So my little brother turned 27 on Friday. 27. Ugh. Anyway, he’s 27 and a father and all of these things blow me away constantly because I still picture him as a bratty 7 year old. We took him out to a family dinner and of course I baked him a cake. What kind of cake would a bratty 7 year old boy want for his birthday? A banana cake with peanut butter frosting, of course. Because my brother is obsessed with our Mexican heritage I decorated the cake with a sombrero and a bandito-mustache. Its kind of racist, so you don’t get a picture of that.
Banana Cake –
1 box of banana cake mix
1 ripe banana
1 1/3 cup water
1/3 cup oil
I added a banana to the cake mix to add some real flavor, since banana cake mix kind of tastes fake. I also added the banana to make the cake more moist since I find that cake made from the box is kind of dry. It worked! Pour all ingredients into a bowl and beat with a hand mixer for about five minutes until the batter is really smooth. Bake according to the box directions.
Peanut Butter icing
1 1/2 sticks of butter, softened
2/3 cup peanut butter
2 – 3 cups powdered sugar
3 tsp water
Beat butter until smooth. Stir in peanut butter and beat for an additional 2 minutes until well blended and smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar until the icing reaches a thin consistency. It should be smooth and taste delicious.
I baked the cake with the original intention of making it a layer cake by putting some chocolate fudge icing in the middle. Unfortunately I made some kind of ridiculous baking mistake that made the cake too dense and overly moist. I mean, it was still delicious, but I was all ‘WTF, cake” Turns out I forgot to put eggs in the cake. Oops. But anyway, I couldn’t cut this cake into layers so I needed a chocolate option. I frosted the entire cake with the peanut butter frosting and then took one of those weird meat-mallet-hammer things and broke up some chocolate chips and pushed them on the sides of the cake. It looked super cute and like it came from a grocery store bakery – so you know, really professional. Then i piped on some racist decorations and it was done.
The cake was seriously delicious, even with my no-egg mistake. The flavor combination is something that everyone should try. I didn’t think that banana and peanut butter would be good, but it seriously is. My boyfriend has decided that despite a previous request for his favorite cake flavor for his birthday, he needs this cake again next week. So I will get to continue to make and eat this delicious cake again next week. Holy yum.